Debut Album Penelope - out NOW
Billy released his debut album Penelope on the 26 January 2024, so far raising £3,800 for World Child Cancer.
In memory of his mother Penny, who died of cancer in August 2023, all proceeds of the album are going to World Child Cancer, a charity helping children to overcome cancer in countries most in need.
The first single, A Grande Família, was released in September 2023 to promote Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
The album launch gig is at Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho on 13th May 2024. More info here.
'All proceeds go to World Child Cancer, which is an excellent reason for purchase, but the music is reward enough.'
★★★★ and Editor's Choice in JAZZWISE (UK)
“The resulting album is a triumph...with his Grande Família project, Marrows has created a spectacular new ensemble.”
Jazz Views (UK)
"Gorgeous chamber jazz LP" Bandcamp, New and Notable (US)
The album Penelope features Billy’s new chamber jazz group, Grande Família, both as a 12-piece ensemble and in smaller combinations, interspersed with intimate solo guitar vignettes. It includes one of Penny’s nephews Jonas on bass, great-niece Dijan on flute and Billy’s girlfriend Teresa on viola, alongside eight diverse musicians special to Billy. Their inventive contemporary jazz spans a wide emotional spectrum, with strong narrative and melodic solos and compositions
In March 2023 Penny was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Billy, Teresa and his cousins performed for her at a family gathering in April. She loved it, so Billy decided to make this charity album as a surprise for her, generously supported by friends and family. Penny realised how fortunate she was to have access to such good cancer care, compared to others around the world, so we chose to raise money for World Child Cancer, a charity that helps children to beat cancer in countries where it is needed the most. Penny was an artist and the album and single artworks showcase her striking paintings.
Recorded at The Pool Studio in South London (very close to where Billy was born and lived 'til aged 6 months), the musicians on the album are:
Billy Marrows - guitar/baritone guitar and compositions
Teresa Macedo Ferreira - viola
Dijan Mbanu - flute
Jonas Mbanu - electric bass
Angus Bayley - piano
Gustavo Clayton Marucci - clarinet and bass clarinet
Chris Williams - alto sax (also in Billy’s small group, the Billy Marrows Band)
Tom Ridout - sop, tenor and clarinet
Mike Soper - trumpet
Olli Martin - trombone
Anna Drysdale - French horn
Greg Sanders - shaker and producer.